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The Divine Compassion Community is also a member of the Charter for Compassion. Created in 2008 by religious historian, scholar and best-selling author, Karen Armstrong, the Charter for Compassion is a global, cooperative effort to restore not only compassionate thinking but, more importantly, compassionate action to the center of religious, moral and political life.  Over 2 million people worldwide have signed the Charter. Grounded in a self-organizing structure of best practices, the Charter for Compassion organization engages individuals and communities in collaborative partnerships in compassion.

The Sisters, Associates and Companions of the Divine Compassion affirmed the exploration of Charter for Compassion in 2020, and began to organize internally to develop a local initiative.  In 2022, a Collaboration for Compassion (CfC) Advisory Committee?, including Sisters, Associates, Companions and Alumnae, was established, and early research about establishing a Community of Compassion pilot program in White Plains began. 

During the past year, members of the CfC Advisory Committee have met with government officials, nonprofit and membership organizations, corporate citizens and more to:

  •  Identify “discomforts” in the White Plains community—those issues that are causing pain and suffering to individuals or groups or the entire community—which can be addressed and relieved through compassionate action.
  • Find out what is already being done, or has been done, to address the most challenging issues in White Plains, and learn what has worked and not worked, and, recognize and acknowledge those successes.
  • Invite people to join us in creating a Community of Compassion in order to give voice and services to people in need in White Plains.

Over the next year, we will continue our research and engage constituents from the faith-based, nonprofit, corporate, business, government and education sectors to establish a Community of Compassion and determine how we can best lift up and serve those that are marginalized in our community.

Learn more at  Individuals, families and all organizations can join the Charter easily -- what you do beyond joining is completely up to you!! The website has so many resources for you to check out.